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Iulius Casserius

Giulio Cesare Casseri (1552–1616), whose name was Latinized into Iulius Casserius, was born in Piacenza; therefore, the nickname Piacentino (Placentinus) was often used. According to Sterzi, who based his claim on a statement contained in Casserius’s will, his date of birth was around 1552. It should be noted, however, that although most modern authors accept this date, some still report 1561 as his birth date on the basis of the inscription appearing on the portrait published in Casserius’s work De Vocis Auditusque organis that ascribes to the author the age of 39 years.

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The Quick and the Dead: Artists and Anatomy

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Adriaan van den Spiegel

Adriaan van den Spiegel (or Spieghel), name also written as Spieghel, Spigel, Adrianus Spigelius, Spiegelius, Adriano Spigeli. He was a Flemish anatomist and botanist, born 1578, in Brussels; died April 7, 1625, in Padua, Italy. Adriaan Read the rest of this entry

William Harvey: The Father of Modern Physiology (Part 2)

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So,  we’ll let’s take a quick look at some of the other people who contributed to cardiac knowledge!

The earliest known writings on the circulatory system are found in the Ebers Papyrus (16th century BCE), an ancient Egyptian medical papyrus containing over 700 Read the rest of this entry

William Harvey: The Father of Modern Physiology (Part 1)

William Harvey was born April 1, 1578. Harvey had seven brothers and two sisters, and his father, Thomas Harvey, was a farmer and landowner. His father then became the mayor of Folkestone England after having worked there for years as a jurat (someone in the legal field that witnesses documents being signed). While living in Folkestone, he learned Latin, which was the beginning of his medical education. Harvey attended the King’s School in Canterbury, Kent, from 1588 to 1593. He then went on to study arts and medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, from 1593 to 1599. He continued his studies at the University of Padua, the leading European medical school at the time. He became a student of Italian anatomist and surgeon Hieronymous Fabricius, who had a considerable influence on Harvey. It is also likely that Harvey was taught by Italian philosopher Cesare Cremonini, a prominent follower of Aristotle. Read the rest of this entry

A Peek at Modern Anatomy

The Fabrica

If you follow the link above, you can look at the entire Fabrica and all the amazing artwork within it. On that site you can get a much closer look at these images along with many others. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see a way to link directly to those images. Read the rest of this entry

Vesalius Paper

Pick one of the following questions for the topic of your paper. These are from the discussion topics in the Vesalius material as we previously talked about.

  1. Compare and contrast the view on dissection between Galen’s and Vesalius’s eras. How did this change the study of anatomy?
  2. In what ways did art change the study of anatomy? Consider On the Fabric of the Human Body.
  3. Why is empirical observation important and how was this reflected in Vesalius’s work?
  4. Why was On the Fabric of the Human Body so heavily challenged when it was published?
  5. How does Vesalius’s ideas of medical research compare to those of Hippocrates or Galen? (pick either Hippocrates or Galen to compare him to).

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Vesalius 1

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Andreas Vesalius: The Founder of Modern Human Anatomy

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